Measuring the Aluminum Hurricane Shutter


The tape measure should be placed at the bottom of your aluminum hurricane shutter. The tape measure should be extended till it is equal to the height of your measurement of first door or window. Your measurement should equal the height of the window and 6 inches more and the height of the door and 8 inches more.

Extend your tape measure till it equals the width of the first window or measurement of the door. For instance, if the first window measured about 30 inches high and 40 inches wide, the tape measure should be extended to 40 inches.

Extend your tape measure for another 6 inches if the measurement is taken for a widow aluminum hurricane shutter. If you are doing measurements for a door, extend your tape measure 8 inches more. Your total measurement should be equal to the width of the window and an addition of 6 inches or the door width and 8 inches more.

Add the Dormers to your Cape Cod House


Shingles should be removed from your dormer area and the sheathing should be cut. The rafters which are on inside of the dormer area should be cut from the ridge board of your dormer and a header board should be nailed between the rafters. A front lower header should be installed where dormer front wall is to be located. Assemble the front wall with short upright studs on the window rough frame supporting roof joists. The front wall should be nailed in place to the rafters as well as lower header.

Two side boards should be added on both sides of the dormer. Studs should be cut to fit in between. Cut and nail the ridge board, then cut and nail the side rafters. Cut braces fit in between the rafters below your ridge board. Cut two small rafters to place between the side rafters and your top header and another two to place between these rafters and the ridge board.

Finish this framing by nailing the ends of your dormer rafters. Mount your window with metal flashing to the edges.

Remodeling the House within your Budget


Remodel your old kitchen shelves, giving them a different look. Repaint the old cabinets instead of replacing. Sand their surfaces well prior to painting or refinishing. Molding or trim can be added to dress them. Updating of your color scheme is necessary. Paint the walls, buy matching artwork and accessories. Keep costly large pieces, as the sofa and draperies, in neutral shades, making it easier and cheap for changing the look of your room with the addition of pops of different shades.

Buy new light fixtures. Task lighting can be added to the kitchen, with new fixtures on the front side of the porch or above the garage. Changing the lighting creates a big impact spending little amount.

Laminate flooring can be used in place of hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring imparts the same look but costs less. Estimates can be obtained from many contractors if you are planning a major project.

Painting the Wenge Wood


Sand the Wenge wood surface, in the direction of the grain until you get a smooth surface. Fill all pits and pores using wood putty, to create a smooth surface allowing the putty for becoming dry. Sand the putty so that the surface becomes smooth.

Apply a coating of wood sealant on the total surface of the wood. This helps in preventing the seeping of paint in the wood grain. The sealant is allowed to become dry before moving to next step.

Paint the wood with a layer of primer if you desire to obscure the patterns of grain on the wood fully. The primer is allowed to become dry. Another layer of primer should be added if you find that the grain is still showing. The primer is allowed to become fully dry before you move on to the next step. Paint the wood using the desired paint color.